Entertainment & Sports Law

ABA President to Replace Magowan as Managing Partner of San Francisco Giants


William H. Neukom.
Photo by Kevin Cruff

Peter Magowan is stepping down and ABA President William H. Neukom is stepping up as managing partner and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Giants, it was announced this afternoon. Magowan will retire at the end of the season, and Neukom will take over his management role of the major league baseball team Oct. 1. He, like Magowan, is an investor in the team.

Neukom was raised in San Mateo, a suburb of San Francisco, and is a former general counsel for Microsoft Corp., which is based in Silicon Valley, recounts the San Francisco Chronicle. “He lives in Seattle but plans to buy a house in San Francisco.”

Neukom was Microsoft’s longtime chief counsel until he joined Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, where he is a partner, in 2002, his ABA biography and K&L Gates biography note. He also worked for one of the law firms that merged into K&L Gates prior to joining Microsoft.

“I look forward to this new position, but it does not begin until well after I have completed my year as ABA president,” Neukom says of his new role with the Giants in an e-mail circulated to ABA staff by the bar association’s executive director today. “For the remainder of the association year, I will continue to focus on my ABA responsibilities and on completing the many projects we have under way.”

Additional coverage:

National Post: “Magowan stepping down as Giants boss”

Mercury News: “Purdy: Might Magowan’s departure rekindle San Jose A’s talks?”

Agence France-Presse: “Magowan stepping down as Giants managing partner”

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